Surprising teams and collapsing players were the biggest stories in Week 5 of the NFL season. The Minnesota Vikings are tied for first place in the NFC North with a 4-1 record. The team locked in a tie with them is not the Green Bay Packers—it is the increasingly impressive Chicago Bears.
Both teams scored convincing victories Sunday.
The Vikings manhandled the Tennessee Titans 30-7, and I believe Chris Johnson did everything on this hilarious to-do list from ESPN SportsNation:
We found a copy of Chris Johnson's Sunday To-Do List: twitter.com/SportsNation/s…— SportsNation (@SportsNation) October 7, 2012
The Bears beat the living daylights out of the Jacksonville Jaguars, 41-3. They outscored them 38-0 in the second half, and that included two defensive touchdowns.
Michael Bush only had four rushes for 26 yards, but he took a screen pass from Jay Cutler and did this:
The Bears look like a serious contender in the NFC.
What else happened on this exciting NFL Sunday?
Atlanta Falcons Stay Perfect
The Dirty Birds move to a perfect 5-0 after knocking off the Washington Redskins and knocking out Robert Griffin III. RG3 must learn to get out of bounds on these plays. You're not in Waco anymore, young man:
After, the Redskins said RG3 had a "mild concussion."
And now the Redskins say that Robert Griffin III has a "mild concussion." That term should be banned by NFL.— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) October 7, 2012
Per Larry Brown Sports and Yarbarker, RG3 didn't know what the score was or what quarter the game was in. If that's a "mild" concussion, I'd hate to see what the symptoms are for a severe one. Obviously, Will Brinson of CBS Sports agrees.
The Falcons got 345 yards passing and two touchdowns from the early-season MVP candidate, Matt Ryan.
This team is running away with the NFC South.
Turnovers Bite Mike Vick and Eagles
Philadelphia has overcome turnover issues from Mike Vick all season. It came into Sunday's game with the Pittsburgh Steelers 3-1, but two fumbles from Vick today were huge.
Michael Vick's turnover was the 4th by the Eagles in the red zone this season, the most in the NFL.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 7, 2012
Michael Vick fumbles...this is a recording. Andy Reid forgets about the run...this is also a recording— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) October 7, 2012
Ben Roethlisberger drove his team down the field and into field-goal range late in the fourth quarter. Sean Suisham nailed the game-winning field goal, and the Pittsburgh Steelers took the battle of Pennsylvania, 16-14.
Vick has to shoulder the blame for this one.
Colts' Emotional Comeback Win
With head coach Chuck Pagano hospitalized and battling leukemia, per Mike Chappell of USA Today and the Indianapolis Star, the Indianapolis Colts put together a spirited comeback to capture the 30-27 victory. Andrew Luck had 362 yards passing and two touchdowns.
The biggest pass plays were to Reggie Wayne. Late in the fourth quarter, he caught a pass inside the 5-yard line and used a tremendous second effort and stretch to score what proved to be the deciding score.
He also hung this gem on the Packers secondary:
Matt Cassel was struggling Sunday, as his Kansas City Chiefs only managed six points against the Baltimore Ravens. He was injured in the fourth quarter, and some of the despicably warped Chiefs fans actually cheered while he was down.
Passionate football fans is one thing, but it is no excuse for omitting humanity and common decency. These aren't robots on the field. Chiefs tackle Eric Winston chimes in, per Robert Littal of Black Sports Online:
BSO: Chiefs Eric Winston on Fans Cheering Matt Cassel Injury: "100% Sickening" bit.ly/Ogp8Pj— Robert Littal (@BlkSportsOnline) October 7, 2012
The Chiefs were 9-6 losers on the field, and the fans that rejoiced at Cassel's injury were just losers.
Brady vs. Manning
This used to be a major matchup, but Peyton Manning's Broncos aren't exactly elite. Tom Brady and the Patriots kept a comfortable distance throughout this game, and he won this round 31-21. Brady used a wealth of options to lead his team to victory. Littal tweeted:
Patriots putting a whupping with a switch on the Broncos with those 17 RBs they have— Robert Littal (@BlkSportsOnline) October 7, 2012
Manning and the Broncos tried, but they came up short in the end. It is clear Manning is not the same guy he once was.
Peyton Manning runs like a guy crossing a highway in his bathrobe.— Jason Gay (@jasonWSJ) October 7, 2012
Cam Is Really Struggling
Cam Newton had a horrible day, completing only 12 of 29 passes for 141 yards. To compound issues, he squandered an opportunity to redeem himself. With a chance to put his team ahead in the fourth quarter, he did this in the red zone on fourth down:
What was that? The Carolina Panthers fell to the Seattle Seahawks 16-12.
The Rest of the Day in the NFL
Dolphins 17, Bengals 13
Good win by the #Dolphins today. They have played hard the past three weeks and were finally rewarded with a win.— James Walker (@JamesWalkerESPN) October 7, 2012
Giants 41, Browns 27
Victor Cruz has a career-high 3 TD, and is 1st #Giants player with 3 receiving TD since Hakeem Nicks (Week 1 in 2010).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 7, 2012
49ers 45, Bills 3
The #49ers have outscored their opponents 79-3 in their past two games.— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 7, 2012
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